Keeping the Company of the Ulama

عن أبي أمامة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إن لقمان قال لابنه يا بني عليك بمجالسة العلماء واسمع كلام الحكماء فإن الله ليحيي القلب الميت بنور الحكمة كما يحيي الأرض الميتة بوابل المطر.  رواه الطبراني في الكبير من طريق عبيد الله بن زحر عن علي بن يزيد عن القاسم وقد حسنها الترمذي لغير هذا المتن ولعله موقوف والله أعلم  (الترغيب والترهيب 1/147)

Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Hadhrat Luqmaan (Alayhis Salaam) once advised his son saying: “O my beloved son, ensure that you always remain in the company of the Ulama and listen attentively to the speech of the wise, for certainly Allah Ta’ala enlivens the dead heart with the light of wisdom, just as he gives life to the dead earth with a downpour of rain.”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 5

Salaam1. The words of salaam end with  “Wa barakaatuhu”. One should not add any other words after “Wa barakaatuhu”.

عن محمد بن عمرو بن عطاء قال : كنت جالسا عند عبد الله بن عباس فدخل عليه رجل يماني فقال : السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته ثم زاد شيئا مع ذلك أيضا قال ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما: من هذا ؟ وهو يومئذ قد ذهب بصره قالوا : هذا اليماني الذي يغشاك فعرفوه إياه حتى عرفه قال ابن عباس : إن السلام انتهى إلى البركة. (المؤطا للامام محمد ص385)

Muhammad bin Amr bin Ataa’ (Rahimahullah) reports: “On one occasion I was seated with Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma), when a person from Yemen entered the gathering and made salaam saying ‘Assalaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wabaraakatuhu,’ and he then added some words with the salaam.  Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) asked: “Who is this person?” as at that time he had lost his eyesight. His companions said: “This is the person from Yemen who comes to your gatherings regularly.” They described the person until Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) recognized him. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) then said: “Salaam ends with barakah (i.e. by saying Wabaraakatuhu).”  

 

The Value of Good Deeds

valueHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Why do we not find the time to regularly engage in zikr and ibaadah, whereas it is these actions that will truly benefit us after our death? We are all aware that our life in this world is extremely short and can be likened to a dream. When a person has a dream, he sees many things, yet upon awakening, he finds that everything has disappeared and he realises that what he saw was nothing but a dream. Similarly, when a person passes away, he finds that everything of the world has disappeared and only good actions remain. Hence, if righteous actions are not carried out during one’s lifetime, the life after death will be nothing but misery and destruction. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 205)

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Two

Sad bin Abi Waqqaas (Radhiyallahu Anhu)Dream Before Accepting Islam

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates:

Prior to accepting Islam, I had a dream in which I saw that I was in absolute darkness and was unable to see anything. Suddenly, a moon illuminated the night and I began to follow it. In the dream, I saw those who had preceded me to this moon. I could see Hazrat Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). I asked them, “When did you arrive here?” They replied, “Just this moment.” I later on learnt that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was secretly inviting to Islam. I thus met him in the valleys of the mountains of Makkah Mukarramah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had just performed Salaah. I then accepted Islam, and none besides these Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had preceded me in accepting Islam (Note: This Sahaabi mentioned this according to his knowledge. Otherwise, it is proven in other narrations that there were a few other Sahaabah who accepted Islam before him).”

(Usdul Ghaabah vol. 2 pg. 309)

Reciting Dua-e-Qunoot in Witr salaah

musallah 2One should recite Dua-e-Qunoot in the third rakaat of witr. The Dua-e-Qunoot is as follows: 

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْتَعِينُكَ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُكَ ، وَنُثْنِي عَلَيْكَ الْخَيْرَ ، وَلاَ نَكْفُرُكَ ، وَنَخْلَعُ وَنَتْرُكُ مَنْ يَفْجُرُكَ ، اللَّهُمَّ إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ ، وَلَكَ نُصَلِّي وَنَسْجُدُ ، وَإِلَيْكَ نَسْعَى وَنَحْفِدُ ، نَرْجُو رَحْمَتَكَ وَنَخْشَى عَذَابَكَ ، إِنَّ عَذَابَكَ الْجِدَّ بِالْكُفَّارِ مُلْحِقٌ

O Allah! We seek Your help and we seek Your forgiveness and we praise You in the best manner. We are not ungrateful to You. We leave and disassociate ourselves from those who disobey You. O Allah! You alone do We worship and it is only for You do we pray and prostrate, and only towards You do we hasten and rush towards, we hope for Your mercy and fear Your punishment. Verily, Your severe punishment overtakes the unbelievers.

عن أبي عبد الرحمن ، قال : علمنا ابن مسعود أن نقرأ في القنوت : اللهم إنا نستعينك ونستغفرك ، ونثني عليك الخير ، ولا نكفرك ، ونخلع ونترك من يفجرك ، اللهم إياك نعبد ، ولك نصلي ونسجد ، وإليك نسعى ونحفد ، نرجو رحمتك ونخشى عذابك ، إن عذابك الجد بالكفار ملحق. (مصنف ابن ابي شيبة رقم 6965)

Abu Abdir Rahmaan (Rahimahullah) relates that Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) taught us to recite the following duaa in the Qunoot of witr:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْتَعِينُكَ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُكَ ، وَنُثْنِي عَلَيْكَ الْخَيْرَ ، وَلاَ نَكْفُرُكَ ، وَنَخْلَعُ وَنَتْرُكُ مَنْ يَفْجُرُكَ ، اللَّهُمَّ إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ ، وَلَكَ نُصَلِّي وَنَسْجُدُ ، وَإِلَيْكَ نَسْعَى وَنَحْفِدُ ، نَرْجُو رَحْمَتَكَ وَنَخْشَى عَذَابَكَ ، إِنَّ عَذَابَكَ الْجِدَّ بِالْكُفَّارِ مُلْحِقٌ